Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science), University of Western Australia
The Pharmaceutical Science degree reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of therapeutic drug discovery, development and analysis. Throughout the programme, there is a strong chemistry component, which parallels the essential role of chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry. There is a solid introduction to biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of humans and pathogens as a backdrop for understanding human disease, drug action and the principles of drug design.
Many facets of pharmaceutical development are covered, including drug discovery and optimisation (medicinal chemistry); pharmaceutical formulation, manufacture and quality control; and clinical trials and applications.
The programme requires the completion of 24 units (144 points) and consists of 17 core units (102 points), 1 optional unit (6 points) and 6 elective units (36 points) of unspecified advanced standing (credit).
Polytechnic diploma and diploma holders will receive advanced standing (credit) for all elective units. Students may receive additional credit for core units depending on GPA. Please contact our programme consultants for a full consultation.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Pre-requisite|
|Human Biology I (Becoming Human), OR
Biological Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
|Nil.Background in chemistry|
|2||Core||SCIE1106||Molecular Biology of the Cell||Background in biology and chemistry|
|3||Core||CHEM1103||Biological Organic Chemistry||Background in chemistry|
|4||Core||GENE2204||Principles of Genetics||Background in biology|
|5||Core||CHEM2210||Structure Determination & Physical Chemistry||CHEM1103 and CHEM1104|
|6||Core||BIOC2201||Biochemistry of the Cell||SCIE1106|
|8||Core||MICR2205||General & Applied Microbiology||Background in biology|
|9||Core||CHEM2221||Biological & Medicinal Chemistry||CHEM2210|
|10||Core||CHEM2211||Synthetic & Materials Chemistry||CHEM2210|
|12||Core||CHEM3307||Metals in Biological Chemistry||CHEM2210|
|13||Core||CHEM3319||Analytical Chemistry & Occupational Health & Safety||CHEM2210|
|14||Core||CHEM3312||Chemistry of Drug Design & Discovery||CHEM2210 and CHEM2221|
|15||Core||SCIE3326||Molecular Biology Part 1 (AC)||SCIE2225|
|16||Core||SCIE3327||Molecular Biology Part 2||SCIE2225|
|17||Core||PHCY3301||Therapeutic Product Formulation||CHEM2221 and CHEM3312|
|18||Core||PHCY3302||Nutrition, Health and Drug Development||BIOC2201 and CHEM2211 and (CHEM2210 or CHEM2221)|
Delivery of programmes may not follow the sequence as shown and are subject to change.
Note: Elective units are not listed.
The programme can be completed within 2-4 years. For those with exemptions, this programme may be completed within a shorter period.
English Language Proficiency
Please note that all students must also meet the following minimum English proficiency requirements:
- C6 or better for GCE O-Level; OR
- 570 (paper-based total) and 230 (computer-based total) in TOEFL with Essay Rating/TWE of 4.5 or Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in the Writing section and no less than 20 in the other sections; OR
- 6.5 in IELTS with no band less than 6.0; OR
- Grade C for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
- Grade E for GCE A-Level
An Honours degree is available to students who satisfy the entrance requirements. Interested students should apply via student connect at The University of Western Australia.
- Local Polytechnic Diploma with GPA ≥ 2.2; OR GCE A-Level and STPM (subject to the University’s admission guidelines);
- GCE A-Level Mathematics with minimum Grade E or equivalent is also a pre-requisite for entry to the Bachelor of Science programmes
- Classroom & Laboratory
- Laboratory assignments, projects, mid-term examinations and final examinations
Graduation and Degree
- Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science)